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‘Need separate funds for illegal colonies’

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 05, 2012
First Published: 22:39 IST(5/5/2012) | Last Updated: 22:40 IST(5/5/2012)

Urbanised villages in the city may soon witness more development work, with a group of Delhi government ministers demanding that a separate fund should be earmarked for them.


Some of these urbanised villages are Shahpur Jat, Mehrauli, Munirka Gaon, Hauz Khas, Katwaria Sarai and Yusuf Sarai among others. There are more than 100 urbanised villages in the city.

“A group of ministers have proposed that urbanised colonies should get separate funds. They have also demanded that sale and purchase of properties should be allowed in unauthorised colonies,” said AK Walia, urban development minister.

Transport minister Arvinder Singh, PWD minister Raj Kumar Chuahan and labour minister Ramakant Goswami discussed these issues in a Cabinet meeting on Saturday.

“The ministers have also demanded that development work, not being carried out for quite some time, should begin in the colonies built on government land,” said a senior Delhi government official.

Sources said the issue pertaining to giving ownership rights to property owners in these colonies was also raised. The ministers also discussed the issue of allowing further construction work in these colonies.

Regularising these 1,200-odd colonies was also raised in the meeting, with ministers demanding that the aerial maps of 2007 should be taken into account for regularising them. “Ministers said that natural boundaries such as roads, drains, railway lines should be used to earmark the boundaries,” said a source.

A delegation led by Walia had met Urban Development minister Kamal Nath to resolve the issue of unauthorised colonies that were issued provisional certificates.

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